Do scented candles burn differently than unscented ones?
No, a well-made scented candle, like an unscented candle, produces harmless water vapor and carbon dioxide when burned. The only difference with a scented candle is that a fragrance is released as well. Reputable candle manufacturers carefully monitor the addition of fragrance to ensure a clean and proper burn. There is a maximum amount of fragrance that can be added to a candle before it will no longer burn cleanly or properly.
What should I do if my candle smokes?
A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burned properly. However, noticeable smoking will occur whenever a candle’s flame is disturbed, which allows minute particles of unburned carbon (soot) to escape from the flame. Any candle, regardless of formulation or wax type, can be made to smoke by causing the flame to flicker. To minimize flickering, trim the wick to ¼” before lighting and place the burning candle away from vents, drafts and other strong air currents. If a candle continues to significantly flicker or noticeably smoke, it should be extinguished! Allow it to cool, trim the wick, check for drafts and then relight the candle.
Why do candles fade in color?
If you place your candle in direct sunlight or it is exposed to strong lights, all candles will fade in color. To keep your candle looking its best, be sure to store your candle in a cool, dry place and keep it out of direct sunlight.
Why do I need to stop using the candle when the wax content is less than ½” from the bottom of the container?
This is a precautionary safety measure for you. Usually, when the candle is this low, most of the wax has been used and the candle and the jar get extremely hot.
Why does the flame seem so high? How do I fix this?
If the flame of any candle seems too high, chances are the wick needs to be trimmed. Blow out the candle, trim the wick and relight the candle.
Why is the flame so low? How do I fix this?
The flame may become low if the candle has burned for more hours than normal. Wax that has formed on the sides melts and reduces the length of the exposed wick. If the flame is too low and there is melted wax in the pool under the flame, blow out the candle carefully and pour out a small amount of wax. While doing this, carefully expose more of the wick by digging out a little wax around the wick. You can then relight the candle.
How do I remove wax from carpeting or fabric?
When the wax has hardened, gently remove the pieces of wax. After you have removed the larger pieces of wax, get a clean paper towel and place it over the wax spill. Using an iron on a low setting or a hair dryer on its lowest heat setting, warm the paper towel. The wax under the towel will begin to melt and soak up into the towel. Blot the wax and repeat as necessary until the wax is removed. We highly recommend consulting the fabric manufacturer’s instructions before trying this trick.
How do I remove wax from wood surfaces?
Follow the instructions above for removing wax from fabrics and carpet. Be sure to use a dull object when removing the larger chips of wax so you won’t ruin your wood finish. Once you warm the paper towel over the wax spill, just wipe away the wax from the surface.
How do I get all the wax out of my candleholder?
Let the holder cool, then place it in the freezer for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and let the wax harden. The wax should then pop out in your hand. If this is not the case, then use hot water to dissolve the wax. Be sure to dry the holder before using it for another candle. You can also remove the wax from your candleholder by using a hair dryer. When all the wax has melted, wipe away with a clean cloth. Be careful, the candleholder can get very hot if you use the hair dryer on it for a long period of time.